Journal article

Molecular basis of cell recognition during fertilization in higher plants.

AE Clarke, MA Anderson, T Bacic, PJ Harris, SL Mau

J Cell Sci Suppl | Published : 1985

Abstract

The molecular basis of recognition between plant cells is incompletely understood. Some principles established for recognition between animal cells may well apply to plant cell recognition, although, in contrast to animal cells, plant cells are encased by cell walls that play an active role in plant cell-cell recognition. The interaction that controls fertilization in flowering plants involves recognition between pollen or pollen tubes and the female sexual tissues. In many flowering plant families, self-incompatibility (S) genes operate to prevent inbreeding. In plants that have gametophytically controlled self-incompatibility, recognition of common S alleles in pollen tube and style result..

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